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iPhone 12 Mini review: I just want a good small Android phone — is that too much to ask?

iPhone 12 Mini review: I just want a good small Android phone — is that too much to ask?

Apple's iPhone 12 Mini will, I think, mark an end to small and good smartphones. That's not because it's bad, far from it; this is a great phone. But, it hasn't sold very well, and though they might argue otherwise, smartphone manufacturers are hardly altruistic. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple doesn't refresh this model next year. The iPhone 12 Mini may very well be the small phone swan song, and it really makes me wish a company in Android-land would make the mistake of copying it.

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The 30 best Android apps of 2020 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

The 30 best Android apps of 2020 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

The year is almost over, and it was one for the record books, that's for sure. While 2020 may have been challenging for many of us, we've also seen some fantastic apps released this year. This is why I take the time every December to compile a roundup of the best apps to land on the Play Store that year (yes, I also have a 2020 list for the best games). I've selected 30 notable apps that offer a wide range of features and services, so there should be something in here for everyone. Heck, we've seen so many quality releases this year I've even included an honorable mention section at the end of the roundup.

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Proton VPN brings its privacy protection services to Android TV devices

Proton VPN brings its privacy protection services to Android TV devices

VPNs seem to be the hot thing now as people put more focus on their privacy. Google introduced a VPN for Google One members earlier this year, but it was targeted at phones and tablets. Now Android TV users are getting a new VPN option for their large screen devices thanks to an update to Proton VPN that expands compatibility to ATVs.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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17 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the week of September 14, 2020

17 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the week of September 14, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a new board game adaptation from Asmodee Digital. We also have a fantastic 8-bit platformer where you play as a spider and an artful philosophical game from the creators of Homo Machina. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of September 14th, 2020.

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Nvidia just purchased ARM for $40 billion

Nvidia just purchased ARM for $40 billion

Arm Holdings is the company behind ARM processors, which power nearly every smartphone and tablet on Earth. SoftBank purchased Arm in 2016, and has been shopping around for potential buyers over the past few months. After days of speculation, it's now official that Nvidia is closing a deal to acquire ARM.

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How to sideload any application on the Nvidia Shield

How to sideload any application on the Nvidia Shield

Nearly every device that ships with the Android TV operating system has access to millions of applications through the Google Play Store. However, there are some situations where you might want to sideload your own applications (APKs). Maybe you want the latest app updates quicker than the Play Store rolls them out, or you want to try an application that isn't officially available for your specific device.

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Galaxy S20 case reviews: Spigen, Samsung, Speck, Ringke, Supcase, dbrand, and more (Update: Pela, Alexander Millano, Whitestone Dome)

Galaxy S20 case reviews: Spigen, Samsung, Speck, Ringke, Supcase, dbrand, and more (Update: Pela, Alexander Millano, Whitestone Dome)

The Galaxy S20 is an incredibly expensive phone, no matter which one you buy, with the range-topping S20 Ultra starting a jaw-dropping $1400. When you're carrying a phone that's more expensive than some people's first cars, it's understandable that you'll want to buy a good case to keep it crack-free. Glass sandwiches may be all the rage in phone design right now, but there's no denying they're fragile, and picking a case to protect your new investment can be tough, especially with so many names and brands out there to choose from. We've got reviews of some of the top cases from brands like Spigen, Speck, Poetic, dbrand, Supcase, Pitaka, Ringke, and Samsung itself.

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How to turn your smartphone into a professional Zoom webcam: Mounts, lights, and more

How to turn your smartphone into a professional Zoom webcam: Mounts, lights, and more

While you'd think that the world's webcam supply chain would have caught up with demand from the many millions of folks working from home by now, you'd be wrong. Logitech is still sold out of every model it makes online, and questionable cheap webcams popping up here and there on Amazon probably aren't a wise investment. But you do have a professional webcam at home, you just may have forgotten about it: your smartphone. With a few simple gadgets, you make your phone into a pro videoconferencing rig in a snap, and be the envy of everyone at the virtual office.

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These are the apps the Android Police staff can't live without

These are the apps the Android Police staff can't live without

We've covered the best new Android apps and games for years, but we've only occasionally talked about our personal favorites. It's high time we did a roundup of the Android Police staff's top applications, don't you think?

For this roundup, some of the fine writers at Android Police have selected their favorite Android apps. We've excluded applications and services that are incredibly popular, like Gmail or Spotify, in favor of software that might be new to some people.

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